October 21, 2021 By Helicopters Staff
Drone Delivery Canada Corp. on October 18, 2021, began commercial operations under its agreement, first announced in July of this year, with the University of British Columbia to provide a drone delivery solution at the Stellat’en First Nation. The UBC-led project, called the Communities Drone Transportation Initiative’ (“DTI”) program, is scheduled to last for 12 months.
The project, explains Drone Delivery Canada (DDC), enables defined-route deliveries utilizing DDC’s Sparrow drone, DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones, and FLYTE software. The solution will be used to transport a variety of cargo for the benefit of the Stellat’en First Nation and the Village of Fraser Lake, located in Central Northern British Columbia.
UBC pays DDC an upfront fee and a monthly fee for the drone route deployed. In addition to projects with commercial customers, this project is DDC’s fourth First Nations drone solution and its first in British Columbia. Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its Operations Control Centre located in Vaughan, Ontario.
“We are pleased to move to commercial operations at this project. We look forward to working with all parties to bring meaningful value to the communities using our patented solution,” said Michael Zahra, President and CEO of DDC. “We are entering a unique time in transportation history as we move towards a future that suggests an entirely new landscape of opportunities for the global supply chain. As an award-winning global leader, DDC is pleased with our continued technology and commercial successes in the drone delivery industry.”